Red Eye Theater
|Address||PO Box 80666|
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Red Eye Theater (legal name Red Eye Collaboration) is a multidisciplinary creative laboratory dedicated to the development and presentation of boundary-breaking performance work in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in 1983 by writer/director Steve Busa, performer Miriam Must, and visual artist Barbara Abramson.
Branching out from a theatrical base to support a wide range of programming, Red Eye is home to theater, dance, music, performance art, and interdisciplinary forms. In addition to creating its own acclaimed multimedia theatrical productions, Red Eye functions as an incubator and producer of other artists' works. Red Eye's "New Works 4 Weeks Festival," the annual culminating public component of a six-month development program for emerging and mid-career artists, has been called "one of the most important platforms for new and experimental performance in Minnesota."
Red Eye currently is working toward the establishment of a new space and long-term home in Minneapolis, after losing its long-time Loring Park storefront space to luxury apartments in October 2018. In 2019, Red Eye announced the retirement of its founding leaders and the appointment of seven new Artistic Directors who are collectively guiding the organization forward. Red Eye’s new Artistic Directors are Theo Langason, Hayley Finn, Jeffrey Wells, Valerie Oliveiro, Andrew Lee Dolan, Emily Gastineau, and Rachel Jendrzejewski. All previously worked at Red Eye as independent artists.
Others of the hundreds of artists who have collaborated with or presented work at Red Eye include Lee Breuer, BodyCartography Project, Sheila Callaghan, Lisa D'Amour, Angharad Davies, Christina Ham, Jordan Harrison, Ann Marie Healy, HIJACK, Kim Hines, Julia Jarcho, Emily Johnson, Sibyl Kempson, Wendy Knox, Ruth Margraff, Megan Mayer, Neal Medlyn, Leslie Mohn, Kira Obolensky, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Rosy Simas, Karen Sherman, SuperGroup, Deborah Jinza Thayer, Morgan Thorson, Anne Washburn, and Marcus Young.
Red Eye has received major funding from the Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Target Corporation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, and National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
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- Secrets of the City; June 2019: https://www.secretsofthecity.com/events/view/new-works-4-weeks-festival-isolated-acts-theo-langston
- "Red Eye Theater loses building, founders leaving after next show"; Twin Cities Pioneer Press; August 30, 2018: https://www.twincities.com/2018/08/30/red-eye-theater-loses-building-founders-leaving-after-next-show/
- http://www.redeyetheater.org/about/productions; http://www.redeyetheater.org/event-index/category/archive; http://www.citypages.com/arts/before-the-wrecking-ball-red-eye-theater-says-goodbye-to-its-space-of-nearly-30-years/493852871
- Grantees, Jerome Foundation Website. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- Grantee Database, McKnight Foundation website. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- Recent Grant Awards, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council website. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- FY 2016 Grants Awarded Minnesota State Arts Board website. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- National Endowment for the Arts — December 2014 Grant Announcement: Art Works grants Retrieved August 6, 2015.